Remembering Sam Manekshaw – A Soldier’s General
Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw (03 April 1914 – 27 june 2008) was born in Amritsar. Popularly known as Sam Manekshaw or Sam Bahadur. Today we remember a great Soldier and India’s First Field Marshal on his 108th Birth Anniversary.
A Brief into his Military Career.
- First Batch of Cadets to join Indian Military Academy (IMA) in 1932.
- Of the 40 Cadets inducted , only 22 completed the course.
- Commissioned as Second Lieutenants on 01 Feb 1935 with ante-date seniority of 04 Feb 1934.
- His IC number on commissioning was IC -14.
- Attached to 2nd Battalion Royal Scots , stationed at Lahore in 1935 before joining an Indian Unit.
- Formally joined 4th Battalion ,12th Frontier Force in Burma.
- Awarded Military Cross for Valour in Burma on 21 April 1942.
- After partition assigned to 8th Gorkha Rifles.
- Padma Bhushan in 1968.
- 7th Chief of Army Staff Indian Army ( 08 June 1969- 15 Jan 1973)
- Led the Indian Army to ahistoric Victory in Bangladesh Liberation War 1971.
- Awarded Padma Vibhusan in 1972.
- Appointed Field Marshal on 01 Jan 1973.
- on 16th Dec 2008 A Postage Stamp on him in Field Marshal’s Uniform was released.